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Tesla teases surprise new model: is it "world's fastest car"?

Tesla has teased a surprise new model that will be unveiled at the Grand Basel motor show in Switzerland this week.

The teaser image has set Tesla-watching tongues wagging, with many suggesting the aggressively contoured lines could belong to the brand's much-hyped Roadster, which was revealed in prototype form last year.

The teaser image was sent as part of an invitation to select Tesla owners, inviting them to enter a competition to win tickets to the unveiling on September 5.

If the Roadster lives up to its own hype, it promises to be one hell of a machine. In unveiling the prototype (itself a surprise, and one rolled out during the announcement of Tesla's electric truck) company founder Elon Musk promised it would arrive with a 200kWh battery pack, delivering a range of around 1000kms, and would be able to rocket to 60mph (around 96.5km/h) in just 1.9 seconds - and that was just the base model...

Musk promised the two-door, four-seat Roadster, which is scheduled for a 2020 roll-out, would "give a hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars" and would be the "fastest production car ever".

But will the surprise reveal be the production-ready Roadster? Only time will tell.

Will Tesla's Roadster "smack-down" petrol performance cars? Tell us in the comments below.

Andrew Chesterton
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Andrew Chesterton should probably hate cars. From his hail-damaged Camira that looked like it had spent a hard life parked at the end of Tiger Woods' personal driving range, to the Nissan Pulsar Reebok that shook like it was possessed by a particularly mean-spirited demon every time he dared push past 40km/h, his personal car history isn't exactly littered with gold. But that seemingly endless procession of rust-savaged hate machines taught him something even more important; that cars are more than a collection of nuts, bolts and petrol. They're your ticket to freedom, a way to unlock incredible experiences, rolling invitations to incredible adventures. They have soul. And so, somehow, the car bug still bit. And it bit hard. When "Chesto" started his journalism career with News Ltd's Sunday and Daily Telegraph newspapers, he covered just about everything, from business to real estate, courts to crime, before settling into state political reporting at NSW Parliament House. But the automotive world's siren song soon sounded again, and he begged anyone who would listen for the opportunity to write about cars. Eventually they listened, and his career since has seen him filing car news, reviews and features for TopGear, Wheels, Motor and, of course, CarsGuide, as well as many, many others. More than a decade later, and the car bug is yet to relinquish its toothy grip. And if you ask Chesto, he thinks it never will.
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